Program Overview

The Computer Science program is designed to prepare you to complete Southern Arkansas University’s (SAU) bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.  You can choose from three program options:

  • Computer Science (General) - After completing your NPC associate degree, you will complete your upper-level SAU courses at NPC and receive your bachelor's degree from SAU.
  • Computer Gaming and Animation - After completing your NPC associate degree, you will complete your upper-level courses at SAU. 
  • Cyber-Security and Privacy - After completing your NPC associate degree, you will complete your upper-level courses at SAU. 

Program Structure

Computer Science courses are offered in blended (campus/online) and online formats.

All courses listed in the catalog are required. Courses should be scheduled in the sequential order appearing in the Graduation Map for each particular degree program as found in the College Catalog.

Job Opportunities

  • Application Architect
  • Database Administrator
  • Health Information Systems Developer
  • IT Security/Privacy Specialist
  • Mobile Application Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Video Game Designer

Degrees

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Computer Science for Transfer to SAU With Completion at NPC

This option offers you a strong and general foundation in computer science theories and practices. You learn how to design and implement efficient and intelligent algorithmic solutions to challenging computer science problems. You’re also trained in data management, data analytics, software engineering and other core computer science concepts. All eight semesters of this degree are completed on the NPC campus.  

Computer Science-Computer Gaming and Animation Design for Transfer to SAU

Jointly offered with the Department of Art and Design at SAU, this option is for you if you’re interested in developing video games and animations. You learn how to create innovative artistic narratives and how to translate those narratives into animated productions as mobile and desktop apps. Project-based industry-like experience is the focus of this training. The first four semesters of this degree are completed on the NPC campus and the last four semesters at SAU.

Computer Science-Cyber Security and Privacy for Transfer to SAU

This program offers you dual and complementary expertise in cyber-security and privacy. You develop a solid theoretical foundation and receive hands-on training on how to prevent, detect, and neutralize cyber-attacks. You also learn how to determine privacy compliance and design privacy compliant systems. Additionally, exclusive content on the recent advancements in cyber-security and privacy is presented. The first four semesters of this degree are completed on the NPC campus and the last four semesters at SAU.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

No, NPC and SAU are still independent institutions. The degrees are part of the National Park University Center, which includes transfer opportunities for many universities in Arkansas.

Both! Your associate diploma will be granted by NPC. Upon completion of your associate degree coursework, you will be eligible to participate in NPC’s graduation ceremony. Your bachelor’s diploma will be granted by SAU. Once all requirements for graduation are met with SAU coursework, you will be eligible to participate in SAU’s commencement ceremony in Magnolia.

Yes, SAU students who are local will have the opportunity to purchase meal plans and live on campus. They will have all of the services, support, and resources of NPC students except for NJCAA athletics.

Yes, SAU students will have all of the services, support, and resources of NPC students except for NJCAA athletics.

Yes, SAU students who are local will have the opportunity to purchase meal plans and live on campus. They will have all of the services, support, and resources of NPC students except for NJCAA athletics.

Yes, all coursework will be completed on the NPC campus or through NPC online. All freshman and sophomore level coursework will be taught by NPC instructors. Junior and senior level coursework will be taught by SAU instructors and qualified NPC faculty. Some courses may be offered in an online format.

Yes! NPC’s library is one of the best in the state. Our experienced staff will have everything you need to be successful in your classes. You will also have access to all of SAU’s library resources.

For your freshman and sophomore level coursework, you will pay NPC tuition and fees to NPC. For your junior and senior level coursework, you will pay SAU tuition and fees to SAU.

NPC Advisors provide academic advising for the NPC portion of the degree program. Advisors are located in Enrollment Services on the second floor of the Student Commons. You can contact an advisor by email at npcadvising@np.edu or by phone at 501-760-4232.

Yes, after completing your NPC coursework you must apply and be accepted to SAU. Learn more about SAU admission requirements.

Yes, you will need an NPC ID card to access services on NPC’s campus.

If you are eligible for federal financial aid, your aid will be processed through the NPC financial aid office during your freshman and sophomore coursework. Once you transfer and are accepted to SAU, your financial aid will be processed through the SAU financial aid office.
Learn more about financial aid at NPC.
Learn more about financial aid at SAU.